Lotta van Droom was born and raised in a small town in the mountains of Saxony in Germany and now she live in Ireland where she creates the scenario of her surreal photography.
The artist says about herself:
I am hooked to photography for over 15 years now. It all began with an old SLR (a “Praktika”) my Grandfather gave me. I started to photograph flowers, landscapes and ruins. In order to gain better control over my art, I bought gradually the equipment for my own darkroom, which I then set up in my first apartment’s bathroom, I was completely thrilled with the possibilities to create my own perfect dream world. Six years ago I switched to digital SLR. It was not easy for me because of all the work and time invested in analog photography but it took not long until I started appreciating all the new possibilities. Nowadays I spend many hours daily in front of my computer, building my own world of imagination.
Everything I know about photography, I taught myself. I started with simple static motives. Thereby I learned a lot about the right light. Later I took self-portraits which gave me a better understanding how to allegorize different facial expression and gestures.
Each of my photos derived from a story that developed in my mind and this story continues after the photo was taken. They are little excerpts of my thoughts which I try to reflect in this way. It’s not important for me to show reality. I want to show my world of fantasy and wishes. My moods, feelings, dreams and aspirations are components in all my photos. You could call me a daydreamer. I often digress with my thoughts towards far and surreal places where I am the Queen and this world develops itself further with every thought of mine.
I’m fascinated of humans with interesting faces and their emotions and expressions. Every face is unique and the same face can look totally different in varying scenarios.
Lotta finds inspiration for her “dream-stories” in a lot of things like music, books, films, conversations, faces and so on. She has a little book where she writes the ideas down. There are countless ideas which she still wants to realize.